A Dangerous Update

Here it is the middle of August already, and time for an update on Dangerous.

Dangerous, an erotic romance by Ella Ardent

I had warned you that there would be a gap in releases this summer, because I’m doing things a bit differently with Dangerous: instead of publishing the story as I go (the way I did the Plume series) I’m writing the whole thing first. It will all be done and ready to go before the first installment is published. The story is taking longer to write than I’d expected (this seems to be typical) and it’s coming out longer than I’d anticipated (also typical) but I like the result a lot (I hope that remains typical!). There are some other changes to my process this time, too. I’ve hired an editor for this project (as well as my usual beta reader) so once the book is in the editor’s hands, I’ll update the page for Dangerous here on the site.

Dangerous is a dark erotic romance. It will be published in nine weekly installments, then the whole story will be available in trade paperback. The installments will be available for pre-order at Kobo, and we’ll see where else pre-orders can happen. Dates are still a bit squishy, but it looks as if we’ll launch in mid to late September. After Dangerous is on its way, I’ll work on the first three stories in The Phoenix series.

I hope you’ve all had a good summer so far! I should be doing that update around the end of this month. 🙂

Celebrate!

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Celebration has gone to be formatted for publication. The formatter is ready to jump right on it, so I’m hoping to start publishing it before Monday.

YAY! This novella is almost 45,000 words, so you’ll have a longer read this time.

Stay tuned for links etc. Right now, I’m going to have a glass of wine – why don’t you join me and celebrate, too?

Update!

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Phew! You’ll all be glad to know that Celebration is very very close. (I’m certainly glad!) I have to go through the whole story one last time, probably add a bit here and there, then will get it to the formatter on Friday. I’ve asked her to do us all a big favor and turn it around quickly, so fingers crossed that there’s time in her schedule for that.

Right now, it’s looking like Celebration will be about 40,000 words in length. The other Plume novellas have been around 30,000 words, but there were lots of loose ends to tie up on this one. I’ve run out of Post-it notes on my desk, and no characters have whispered in my ear for a few days, so I think we’ve got it all covered.

I’ll let you know when it’s published. It’ll go to all the portals roughly at the same time, but will go live at ARe and Smashwords first (because they have no review process), then Amazon, KOBO and B&N. Apple will bring up the rear, as usual.

Thanks again for your patience and I hope you find the final installment of the Plume Series was worth the wait!

Next up will be the anthology of the last three Plume books, in both print and digital. Look for that in June, as I still need to have a cover designed.

Late Again

What is it about committing to a deadline that makes everything go crazy? I’ve been living with Murphy’s Law this year, and can’t quite believe how bad it’s been. I’m done with deadlines and promises – maybe then, things will calm down around here.

So, yes, I’m late again and I’m sorry.

And no, I’m not going to make a promise about the publication date of Celebration. Let’s keep those gremlins away this time!

I’ll let you know when it’s published.

If you know any way to make Murphy’s Law stop, I’m listening!

Almost Mid-March

Time for an update on Celebration!

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The story is coming along really well – Rex IS behaving himself and his part is done. (Yes, I’m kind of amazed about that myself.)

One of the things I’ve been wanting to do is to have my book files professionally formatted. This will make them look better on your e-readers, and is also an opportunity to get lots of links into them. This means I need to read them all through one more time to check for minor corrections and tweaks. It’s a great moment to do that now – I can ensure that Celebration ties up all the loose ends and that there are no continuity errors in the series. I’m diving into that this week, before I do the final edit on Celebration.

Celebration will also be the first of my books to be professionally formatted right from the outset. I’m hoping that this will mean it is published more quickly at Apple than other titles – things seem to be really slowing down there. It will, though, take a bit of time depending on the formatter’s schedule. We’re trying to keep everything tightly organized! I’d like to try out the pre-order option now available on KOBO but that will depend upon how the time shakes out. That might have to wait until the next book.

At this point, it looks as if Celebration will be a March release, but not one on the 15th.

I’m hoping that by the end of April, there will be beautiful new editions of everything out in the world. You might get the new versions automatically from the portal where you bought your copy, or you might need to request them, but I’ll let you know when they’re available.

And finally, I’m adapting my plan for the future. For the next series, I’m going to write all of it before I begin publishing it. There will be a gap in releases while I write away, but then we’ll have definite release dates for every installment of the next series.

So, there you go! That’s all my news for now.